experimental music in central victoria
Allan’s Walk Artist Run Space, Bendigo
24th june – 24th july 2010
opening hours thurs & fri 11-
opening celebration sat july 10th 3pm with live music by doubleother
“hearing is another form of seeing” – sound art is increasingly being presented in galleries dedicated to visual art. So, what is sound art? “For many, it refers to sound-
Central Victoria’s sound art collective called undue noise has been organising events since 2002. This exhibition, entitled metasonic 2, at Allan’s Walk Artist Run Space features works by members of undue noise as part of the local component of the national Liquid Architecture sound art festival.
Following last year’s successful metasonic exhibition at Dudley House, we return with metasonic 2, featuring works involving sound, and sometimes more. Central Victorian artists involved this time are Paul Fletcher, Simon Howard, Bridget Robertson & Jenny King, Annie Piranha, Mathew Underwood, Michael Harkin, Andrew Goodman, Jacques Soddell. They will present a wide range of artworks ranging from simple listening experiences to interactive works, some audio only, others including video.
The activities of undue noise and Allan’s Walk Artist Run Space are proudly supported by the City of Greater Bendigo.
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In the walkway
A CHORUS OF IDLE FEET Andrew Goodman
sound, sensors, interactive
Statement: This participatory sound piece generates an every changing soundtrack through sensor’s reactions to light and the rhythm of pedestrians moving through Allan’s Walk. The title derives from Michel de Certeau’s essay ‘Walking the city’ which explores the everyday act of walking as a bodily, temporal connection to space and a radical intervention in the structure of the cityscape. The work utilises an idea of a fractal concept of sound – an expansive, open ended and temporal soundscape that is in a constant state of reinvention and permutation.This work was constructed with the considerable technical and creative input of Tony Falla.
The artist: Andrew Goodman is a visual artist with an interest in interaction and participatory art work. He is currently a Master of Fine Arts research candidate at Monash University.
In Small Gallery
DRUM Jacques Soddell
sound, video. 4 min 5 sec
Statement: A reinterpretation of a poetic moment at Overground (a mini festival within this year’s Melbourne International Jazz Festival). A brief video clip of drummer Han Bennink (2010) + snippet of Han Bennink from Peter Brotzmann’s trailblazing free jazz moment Machine Gun (1968) + software = an abstract film.
The artist: Jacques is a Bendigo-
audio, mixed media
The Artists: Since meeting at art school in the mid 90’s Bridget Robertson and Jennifer King continue to cultivate their enduring passion for tuning in to the audible Cosmos. The strange and beautiful realms of deep space and interplanetary phenomena are a shared denominator in the wellspring of personal myth which informs the artists’ ongoing pursuit of sound.
In Large Gallery
BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR Michael Harkin
Interactive audio/video installation
Statement: What do you wish for? First prize in the lottery? World peace? A miraculous cure? And what action do you take to realise those wishes?
We are instructed from an early age about concepts such as cause and effect and the physics of our world through Isaac Newton’s three laws of motion.
This installation is a manifestation of a lesser known theory, the three laws of (e)Motion, which state:
1. Doing nothing or avoiding the issue changes nothing
2. You can only do what you can only do
3. Every action or inaction has a consequence
You know what you have to do, why aren’t you doing it?
The artist: Michael Harkin is particularly intereted in the application of contemporary technologies and the development of contextually relevant interfaces in art. He believes that in any art experience, an interface should not only be intuitive but also form part of the actual content.
Michael has substantial experience in arts, media and technology-
Michael has received a number of prestigious awards and commissions including the 2000 ATOM award for Best Tertiary Multimedia and selection as a finalist in the Arthur Guy Memorial Painting Prize. ‘Wetland’, a major interactive installation, controlled by a region’s water consumption, toured regional Victorian art galleries (see www.headofideas.com.au/wetland). In 2007, a collaboration with James Rigby, Jane Thompson and Team Henderson was commissioned to create ‘Thirst’ – a live performance involving multi-
Michael Harkin completed a Bachelor Visual Art – Honours at La Trobe University, Bendigo in 2002. His arts practice, Head of Ideas, provides training, professional development and consultancy in the application of creative technologies for a range of corporate and educational bodies.
Michael continues to investigate methods of employing new media technologies for meaningful artistic expression and user experience.
SWAMP ECHO Paul Fletcher
Suitcase Landscape Cinema
Statement: Light and shadows projected in a suitcase were used to create animated sequences.
One state of the Suitcase Landscape Cinema is viewable in the Gallery as well as two slightly different animated perspectives/ 4 minute long films with their own synchronised audio landscapes monitored through headphones attached to the computer and surveyors’ monitor.
The film sequences were made entirely with low voltage lights and shadows projected inside the travellers suitcase and then edited digitally with a composition of natural field recordings and constructed/synthesized and manipulated ‘natural’ sounds. The suitcase itself was rescued from a hard rubbish collection. Echoes of a Swamp is a mixed visual and audio metaphor ; an echo as a metaphor of repeating and fading sound and memories and a swamp as a metaphor of reclaimed land, recycled nutrients, accumulation and recycling of experience. In essence a landscape of memory and experience.
The artist: Currently exploring the creation of audio and video landscapes and creatures in an attempt to intersect organic with synthetic-
CATALYST FOR CHANGE Simon Howard
audio 1 mn 33 sec
Statement: A voicescape looking at the transference of urban values into a rural landscape.
The artist: Simon Howard a central Victorian AV artist from Maldon, who aspires toward the experimental.
BURIED ALIVE Annie Piranha
audio 4 min 54 sec
Statement: Decomposition on a mountainside including foliage, mammals, birds, lizards and what not and the occasional hiker. The piece reflects the ghostly musings of bushwalkers past.
The artist: Annie works locally in the Maryborough region in sound design / sfx and soundtrack creation. Also perfoms regularly with various musicians gigging in the local area.
BRING IT ON, BANG A GONG! Mathew Underwood
audio 3 min 6 sec
Statement: Manipulating samples of natural sounds, gongs, Tibetan singing bowls and finger cymbals. The intention is to create a sonic atmosphere that may stir the savage beast that is usually hidden. Let the Beast out. Bring it on, Bang a Gong!
The artist: Lives in Central Victoria. Loves playing around with electronic sounds, samples, guitars and saxes. Enjoys the excitement and power of improvised music as a performer and listener. Studied music at La Trobe University, Melbourne, majoring in compostion. Has been member of Neon Mars Guitars and is in Planet Caravan. Was a primary school music teacher.